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Washington Post Poll, July 2004 (ICPSR 4142)

Principal Investigator(s): The Washington Post


This poll is part of a continuing series of monthly surveys that solicit public opinion on the presidency and on a range of other political and social issues. Respondents were asked whether they approved of the way George W. Bush was handling the presidency, the economy, the situation in Iraq, the United States campaign on terrorism, and issues regarding immigration from Latin America. The were also asked how they rated the importance of these issues as well as crime, heath care, and education in deciding whom to vote for in the 2004 presidential election. Questions were posed regarding how closely respondents followed the 2004 presidential election, which candidates they were leaning towards, how likely they were to vote for a particular candidate, and if the selection of John Edwards for vice-president affected their opinion of John Kerry. Those polled were asked whether they believed President Bush or John Kerry understood people like themselves, whether he was a strong leader, and whether he was trustworthy and likeable. Respondents were queried on their opinions on the national economy, the war on terrorism, and the war in Iraq. The survey also included questions about Washington, DC, as a place to live and professional sports. Background information on respondents includes political party preference, voter registration status, education, race, income, and gender.

Series: ABC News/Washington Post Poll Series

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Study Description


The Washington Post. WASHINGTON POST POLL, JULY 2004. ICPSR04142-v1. Horsham, PA: Taylor Nelson Sofres Intersearch [producer], 2004. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2006-05-19. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR04142.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR04142.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    attitudes, Bush, George W., campaign issues, Cheney, Dick, crime, Edwards, John, health care, immigration, Iraq war, Kerry, John, Nader, Ralph, national economy, political campaigns, presidency, presidential candidates, presidential elections, presidential performance, professional sports, public opinion, terrorism, voting behavior

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Time Period:   

  • 2004-07

Date of Collection:   

  • 2004-07-08--2004-07-11

Unit of Observation:    individual

Universe:    Persons aged 18 and over living in households with telephones in the contiguous 48 United States.

Data Type(s):    survey data

Data Collection Notes:

Additional information about sampling, interviewing, weighting, and sampling error may be found in the codebook.


Sample:    Households were selected by random-digit dialing. Within households, the respondent selected was the adult living in the household who last had a birthday and who was home at the time of the interview.

Weight:    The data contain weights that should be used for analysis.

Data Source:

telephone interview


Original ICPSR Release:   2006-05-19



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